In One Eye
Sunday, May 29, 2005
In a horridly titled piece ("Ground Zero is So Over"), Frank Rich discusses this morning yet another episode where the Bushies have hysterically promoted an issue and then walked away from it. In this case, it has to with the the pit, the hole, the void that ground zero remains. As Rich points out,
In the heat of election season, the Bush-Cheney campaign set off a melee by broadcasting ads that featured the shell of the World Trade Center and shrouded remains being borne away by firefighters. Ground zero was hallowed ground ... [T]he prospect of terror and the hot-button-pushing invocations of 9/11 were shoveled into the oratory at Madison Square Garden, where Rudolph Giuliani had a star turn. All the post-election talk of "moral values" notwithstanding, the terrorism card proved the decisive factor in the defeat of John Kerry, a character whose genius for equivocating on just about any issue rendered him a pantywaist against an opponent who had stood with a bullhorn in the smoky wreckage and had promised to round up the bad guys "dead or alive."Indeed, it looks as if campaign references to the World Trade Center's demise and the so-called War on Terror were meant only to whip the booboisie into paroxysms of fear so that the "elected" oligarchs could then pillage the middle class's Social Security benefits.
As usual, the Bushies have shown their callousness as they walk away from a situation that has led to the loss of over 1500 American lives. Tragically, the attack on the World Trade Center, as Mr. Rich puts it, "is a troubling but increasingly distant event to those Americans who, unlike the families and neighbors of the fallen, can and have turned the page."
Mr. Rich's position can be borne out by a story in today's Washington Post wherein we are told that the Bushies will try yet again to come up with some kind of cogent plan regarding their precious "War on Terror."
The Bush administration has launched a high-level internal review of its efforts to battle international terrorism, aimed at moving away from a policy that has stressed efforts to capture and kill al Qaeda leaders since Sept. 11, 2001, and toward what a senior official called a broader "strategy against violent extremism."I'm sorry, but I just don't see a lot of resolve here. On the other hand, it's apparently imperative that the president speak at dozens of so-called town hall meetings in order to propagandize (his term) the need for social security evisceration.